The local Datil pepper plays a large role in the authentic food scene in Saint Augustine. Although they are grown elsewhere, the majority of the peppers are found here in northeast Florida. A jelly maker brought the peppers here from Cuba in the 1880’s and the Minorcan community embraced the small but powerful pepper in their spicy cooking.
Marcia McQuaig began to make Datil pepper mustard for fun. Her homemade Datil pepper mustard was a favorite Christmas present she gave to her friends. Lonnie Pomar, owner of the local O’Steen’s Restaurant, suggested that the mustard was so good she should bottle it. So she began. That was twenty-six years ago.
She has expanded her business by experimenting with various recipes and now has a nice variety of Datil pepper products, including salsa, relish, mustard, jams, and jellies, seeds, peanuts and more. But, her Datil pepper hot sauce is the best seller. Her Christmas present of long ago, Minorcan Datil Pepper Mustard was a 2004 Bronze metal winner at the Napa Valley Mustard Festival World-Wide Mustard Competition. In 2014 her BBQ sauce and relish were award winners in the World Hot Sauce competition.
Ms. McQuaig sells wholesale, retail and puts private labels on some products. The Sunset Grill’s hot sauce is a Minorcan Datil Pepper Product. She makes up holiday and special occasion baskets and boxes. One can purchase Minorcan Datil Pepper Products all around Saint Augustine, Jacksonville, and many other cities and states. Visit her website for a complete list of locations.
Contact: 150 St. Johns Business Plaza, Ste 301
Saint Augustine, FL 32092